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NCJ Number: 228884 Find in a Library
Title: International Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Illicit International Trafficking in Forest Products, Including Timber, Wildlife and Other Forest Biological Resources
Corporate Author: United Nations
Economic and Social Council
Cmssn on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Date Published: February 2009
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations
Vienna, Austria
United Nations Publications
New York, NY 10017
Publication Number: E/CN.15/2009/7
Sale Source: United Nations Publications
1st Avenue and 46th Street
Concourse Level
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This report from the 18th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice of the United Nations Economic and Social Council presents an overview and analysis of the replies received from member states on their efforts to implement the Council's 2008/25 resolution entitled International Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Illicit International Trafficking in Forest Products, Including Timber, Wildlife, and Other Forest Biological Resources.
Abstract: Generally, the member states that reported on their efforts to implement resolution 2008/25 highlighted various aspects of the problem and emphasized the importance of streamlining efforts to better target criminal activities associated with this form of trafficking. The need to focus on more concerted countermeasures was also reflected in the conclusions of the meeting of the Open-ended Expert Group. The Expert Group concluded that there is an urgent need to expand knowledge of the scope and scale of the problems created by illicit international trafficking in forest products that include timber, wildlife, and other forest biological resources. For this purpose, wide-ranging research should be conducted, and data and information should be collected, analyzed, and exchanged. The Expert Group further concluded that the rationalization and streamlining of applicable laws and regulations at the national level is an essential precondition for effective forest law enforcement; however, legislation must be accompanied by long-term public reform in monitoring such legislation in order to achieve consistent application and needed modification. Other conclusions of the Expert Group pertain to the importance of prevention policies as an essential component of domestic action against forest crimes; a holistic and multisectoral approach in improving interagency collaborations; and enhanced cooperation at the bilateral, regional, and international levels in addressing the problems posed by the illicit international trafficking in forest products.
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Environmental offenses; International agreements; International cooperation; International organizations; Timber thefts; Wildlife law enforcement; Wildlife poaching
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